It’s no secret that there are some major changes taking place in the world today. We see many of the once great nations of the world that used to be prosperous, safe and offer an enjoyable life, falling victim to joblessness, violence, political and human corruption, perversion, selfishness, and greed.
We are seeing many nations devastated by natural disasters that have become not only more frequent but more powerful as well. The news is often riddled with stories of events that are unbelievable and shocking because of the sheer evil behind them. When tragedy strikes and our loved ones are killed or our lives as we know them are devastated the question that often surfaces is “Where is God Now?”.
So Where is God? and Why does God allow these terrible tragedies?
In order to answer these questions, we have to know who God is. In God’s Word (the Bible) we learn a few important things about the nature and actions of God.
- God is Love. (1 John 4:8)
- God sent His own Son to die for our sins. (John 3:16)
- God is faithful and protects His people. (2 Samuel 22:3)
- Everything Good comes From God (James 1:17)
- God is a Jealous God (Exodus 20:5)
Now in the beginning God created a perfect world, and when the fall of man came after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, sin entered the world and Satan became the prince of this world. Therefore because we are all descendents of Adam and Eve, everybody born into this world is imperfect and has a sinful nature. This sinful nature is dominated by actions described in Galatians 5:19-21:
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.”
However God chose to send His perfect Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. When Jesus died and rose again the power of sin was broken and those who place their faith in Jesus are seen as righteous in God’s eyes. Then God sent the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us and help us overcome the temptation to revert to our “sinful nature”. The nature of the Holy Spirit is dominated by actions described in Galatians 5:22-23:
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! ”
I would also like to bring your attention to the following scripture, which is very important:
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 and 15:
“If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command you this day, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.”
The truth of the matter is, God has always been here, and He continues to love and desire for us to love Him and follow him. But over the last several decades we as a nation, once built on Christian values, have allowed our sinful natures to take over and have worked more earnestly than ever to push God out of our nation.
We have decided to go against God’s commands and warnings rejecting Him and His Word. This can clearly be seen today through the following actions:
-We have taken crosses, bibles and prayer out of schools and other public areas.
-We have taken Christ and God our of textbooks, school curriculum, speeches, plays and other activities.
- Political correctness trumps biblical correctness.
- We have given up church in favor of worldly gain and desires.
- We have made homosexuality not only normal but encourage it.
- We care more about offending others, then offending God our creator.
- We embrace sexual immorality and a its perversions.
- Any mention of Jesus, Christ or God and there is ridicule, hatred and a rebellious attitude that quickly follows.
These are surely signs and actions that nobody can deny are going on today, they can be physically seen and felt by everybody living in the world.
We live in a fallen world where sin has been allowed to enter through disobedience to God. However, I want to make it very clear that living in a fallen world in and of itself is not what creates a problem, rather it is when we choose to turn away from God and we choose to allow sin to dominate our thoughts, actions and desires instead. According to the Word of God, we have cursed ourselves through our disobedience, rejection of God and choosing to allow sin to rule our lives. Galatians 6:8 shows us what following our sinful natures will lead to:
“Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”
We need to open our eyes and realize that there is a very strong correlation to the rejection of God and the increasing consequences of sin. Remember back just 50-60 years ago, back to when God was more accepted and moral views were modeled after God’s Word, instead our own thoughts and desires. Natural disasters, violence, murder, rape, corruption, sexual immorality, infidelity and all of the other terrible consequences of sin were not nearly as frequent or prominent as they are today….Why?
“The more we reject God and the further we push God out of our nation and lives, the more influence and power sin has over us and therefore the more frequent, prominent and devastating the consequences of sin will become.”
God is Our Heavenly Father
God is not a vending machine where you can go to Him when there are times of trouble and then reject Him when times are good. God is our heavenly father and he cares for us like we do our own kids. This being said, I would like to take a moment to illustrate this for you.
When you have faith in God and you devote your life to following His ways, you are a child of God. Now here on earth you may have children and if so, you try your best to protect them. There are times that your children may get hurt and you couldn’t stop it, but the important thing is that you will always be there to help and comfort them. This is very similar with God. You may go through some rough times but if you are a child of God, then you can be rest assured that during these hard times you will be helped and comforted.
As loving parents we tell our children not to do certain things that may put them in harms way because we know that they could get hurt. If they choose to rebel and go against our warning, they could be hurt or even worse. Even though we love them very much and want to save them from getting hurt, their disobedience comes with a price that they will have to pay.
When your children become adults and they go against what you have taught them, you may try to give them some guidance, but in the end they are grown up and have their own free will and all you can do is step back and let them live their lives. It is their choice and they will have to live with the consequences of their decisions, you cannot protect them from this.
In the same respect, God as our Heavenly Father has given us commands, not to keep us from having fun but to protect us and keep us safe. However if we refuse to follow Him and we decide to disobey Him, we are no longer under the protection and safety of God. God steps back and basically says: “Alright well I don’t agree with what you’re doing but I have given you free will and it is your choice whether you listen to me or not.”
Unfortunately choosing to follow the sinful nature, has a bad habit of destroying lives and when the devastating consequences of sin arise because of our rebellion against our Heavenly Father, we immediately blame God often asking God “Where were you?” and “How could you allow this?”
The truth of the matter is, that God can only step in where He is allowed to step in. People may be innocent of crimes committed against them, natural disasters or loss of worldly possessions, but if they have personally rejected God, they are not children under His protection they are reaping the consequences of sin.
So where is God Today? He is here, and He always has been, but He has had to take a back seat to our sinful natures and watch sadly as we rebel against him and reap the consequences of our actions, that He tried to protect us from in the first place.
Why did God allow this? God allowed it because every person has free will. He will not push Himself on anyone, even for good. When we individually or as a nation tell Him to take a hike and leave us alone, He has no choice but to do so. We have disowned Him as our Father and protector. Even though He loves us so much and desperately wants us to come to Him so He can protect us, He cannot until we make the decision to do so. We have made our own beds and now we have to sleep in them no matter how uncomfortable they may be.